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Architecture and interior design ASSISTED LIVING Sunrise of Bellevue, Bellevue, Washington.

Architecture: Dieterich Mithun Architects, Seattle

Interior Design: Martha Child Interiors, Sterling, Virginia

Number of units: 70

Total project cost: $5.9 million

Total square footage: 54,290

Cost per square foot: $95 [*]

Average age of residents: 83

Single room size: 380 sq. ft.

Percentage private-pay residents: 100

Care provided: assisted living, dementia

The challenge: Modifying the owner's familiar "farmhouse Victorian" model to Suit a tight site and regionally appropriate design.

Why it works: This facility represents a new interior package for Sunrise. The interior has a regional flair, from the carpet to the chandeliers. It's casual and extremely warm. In some homes, people are afraid to touch the furniture; our goal was to create a less formal environment that residents would enjoy. The site also adds to the projects' success, We squeezed 54,000 square feet on less than a half an acre by building up. The site is also within walking distance of a community center and shopping, which opens up many activities to residents.

--Joseph Mikalajunas, former executive director

BP: This is a very handsome new skin, which covers the standard Sunrise prototype plan. It is a much more mature piece of architecture than the original Victorian and has some wonderful outdoor spaces. The quality of the exterior carries into the interior.

AW: What's unusual for assisted living is the interior design treatment of the dining room, especially the use of wooden tabletops and Stickley-style chairs. In addition, the scale of both the living room and library is truly residential. Residents and their family members will enjoy these spaces.

LH: The common spaces here are designed to draw seniors from their units into a lifestyle and facilitate participation. I was impressed by the lighting in this project and by spatial configurations that provide views of other activities from each common area.

(*.) Excluding land acquisition costs but including costs for preparing the land for construction.
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Publication:Contemporary Long Term Care
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Date:Aug 1, 1999
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